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Old 04-17-08, 03:29 PM
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I have a 93 plymouth voyager had brakes and rotors put on the end of February now i notice a burning smell from my driver side front wheel well and it happens only when i seem to brake a little hard there is no smoke at all.what could this be?
 
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I'll just be a catalyst here and bite first. Did you change from say metal rotors to composite ones, or opt for some interior pad? When you brake or brake hard, does it pull to the left?, or go straight? Or perhaps pull right, in case say during hard braking that there is brake dust on the left that is not creating the right friction, and you have to push extra hard as the right brake is carrying the load in stopping? Or maybe it's the other way around.
 

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Old 04-17-08, 04:42 PM
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I had pepboys do the work and it stays straight when I brake
 
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Well, one clue is in. Others will have to weigh in on this. If this was me, I'd be making a phone call to Pep Boys and perhaps pulling the wheels and having a look.

What about the other stuff I asked? Maybe you should call them up and tell them what it is doing, and ask if they changed original parts to different type ones.

Sure seems odd that that it is the only side getting hot if the car brakes straight though.
 
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Old 04-17-08, 06:22 PM
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something tells me it's your master cylinder, or one side caliper is getting sticky.
do this: take that wheel off. take a good look at the brake rotor - is it greyish shiny(good), or is it blue, maybe darker shade of blue? if it is, then that side rotor is overheating due to caliper clamping. from that point on - it's caliper or master cylinder.
you should have split brake system, driver front/passenger rear and passenger front/driver rear, so they may brake differently if it's caliper or master cylinder, as master should have 2 compartments, one per split line.
also, you might have brake fluid leaking onto that side rotor, or some other fluid, that burns on hot metal. remove wheel and inspect. should be obvious.
why it does not pull to the side if one caliper binds? because it can be braking fine, but is delaying release, thus causing overheating and smell.
if you still under petshop boys warrenty, take it back and let them get it figured.
 
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... because it can be braking fine, but is delaying release, thus causing overheating and smell.
Simply curious - but if that were the case, wouldn't there be a drag then?, trying to cause one side of the vehicle to pull? Or, - DOES that happen?, in at least theory - but is undetected due to not being that great of a drag and/or perhaps a gyroscopic effect of the wheels turning while going in a straight line?
 
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I replaced calipers and rotors on a Grand Prix because one side was not releasing like it should. After words it really stuck and the rotor got blazing orange, tire just about blew, melted the hub. Turns out the hose had an internal collapse and was not allowing the break fluid back to the master. You pushed on the peddle and there was enough pressure to push it out but nothing pushing it back so the caliper would not release.
Hose looked like new on the outside
 
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Old 05-08-08, 10:04 AM
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I second the collapsed hose. Had a 96 Olds Achieva, and the drivers side kept burning through pads. Replaced caliper, replaced rotor, and it still did it. After doing a lil more research I replaced the rubber brake hose and problem was solved. So replace the brake hose.

Cory
 
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